Over the Hill(s)

July Hiking/Running (292 miles & 112,000 feet elevation gained)

In early July I turned 40 years old, officially joining the "over the hill" stage of life, or as I like to refer to it, "over the mountain" hike of life. :)

I wanted and try to make the month I turned forty memorable and it ended up being a great one.  Warm weather and lack of storms made for favorable hiking conditions for pre and post work hikes & runs during the week with Sarge, along with more adventurous routes on the weekends.

Sarge was able to hike a few more new 4,000 foot mountains with the puppy brigade (Piper, Toby, Dylan, & Wish), while running up and down the Black Mountain ski trails every Friday Night with several other dogs as part of Friday Night Vert. Click here for info on FNV.

I myself was able to knock off a few bucket list items, my main goal for the summer was to hike 24 4K Peaks in one push over a calendar day (Peak to Peak). Trip Report Here.  Along with completing this goal I was also able to summit Mount Washington for the 100th time, run a sub five hour Presi Traverse (4:47), and gain over 100K in elevation during the month.

So it was a good start to being forty, hopefully I can keep it going on and off trail, hiking and running, at a variety of speed and mileages for a few more years before my body tells me it's time to throttle down!

Sarge's Instagram can be followed here  /  My Strava feed is here (you need to have an account to see more than just the overview page)

Enjoy the pictures :)

 Sarge heading towards the summit of Shelburne Moriah

Sarge on the Polecat Ski Trail 

The snow arch in Tucks lasted until mid July before collapsing!  

Lakes of the Clouds and Mount Washington 

Lakes, the hut, and Washington as seen from Mount Monroe

Sarge looking into the Pemigewasset Wilderness from North Twin 

Sarge & Piper!

Sarge on West Bond with Bondcliff in the background 

 High Fives with Ashley on Mount Bond!

Sarge hiking to Bondcliff 

Sarge on Bondcliff looking into Hellgate Ravine 

A nice cascade along the Great Gulf Trail 

Heading up the Great Gulf headwall 

 Moose strolling along Tuckerman Ravine Trail

Sarge and Toby!

Sarge, Dylan, and Toby 

Cookie time with Larisa! 

 Dry River Falls

Todd makes his way up the lightly used and narrow Dry River Trail

Lakes of the Clouds

Todd running along the Crawford Path

Dropping down the Wamsutta Trail with Adams and Madison in view

Looking down to Mount Monroe high above on the Crawford Path

Cog Tracks during the golden hour

Summit of Mount Jefferson

Sarge on Bald Peak

Friday Night Vert, muddy and tired puppy! 

 Friday Night Vert

Sarge sitting shotgun!

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